We were pleased to learn from the Forney Messenger that former member Mel Maxfield recently received the Tom Landry Award. The award is voted on by the High School Coaches Association and reflects the coach's work over an extended period of time. Mel was coach for Forney High School from 1987-2001, leading the team to 11 playoff appearances and an overall record of 129-43-1. He is currently the football coach at Amarillo High School. During his time in Forney, Mel was a proud member of our congregation.


During his time in Forney, Mel was a great coach but more than that he was a wonderful example to the youth of our church and the entire town.


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Ruth McAnally writes: "Mel Maxfield came to Forney as a young single man to take his first head coaching job at Forney High School. He soon began worshipping at FPC Forney. During his 15 years in Forney, he was a dedicated member, serving as a Ruling Elder. During his term on the session, he encouraged us to start a scholarship fund to honor our graduating seniors. The church budget was pretty meager at the time, so he came up with the idea of "Christmas in July." The women of the church made and sold Christmas items to raise seed money for the fund."

"Mel was a great coach but more than that he was a wonderful example to the youth of our church and the entire town. He married Jill and had his family while in our church. We are so thankful for his time with us and so proud of his many well-deserved honors. We love you, Mel!"

"Your friends at Forney First Presbyterian Church"

(thanks to the Forney Messenger and Ruth McAnally for this article)